Tila is commonly known as Gingely seed. The plant have numerous medicinal properties and is used in alleviating many diseases. The herb have oil content in it and provides the body unctuousness hence the name given. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Tila in conditions involving the vitiation of Vata dosha as it alleviates Vata. The herb is used to treat conditions like Arthritis , Wound, Hair fall etc. Tila is also used as a Hypotensive , Hepatoprotective agent etc as it contains Phytoconstituents like sesamolinol, sesamol etc.

General aspects and Geography

Botanical name : Sesamum indicum            

Family :  Pedaliaceae 

Habitat: Found through out India

Parts used

  • Seed

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Swedopaga varga (Used for Swedana- Producing sweat)

Susruta Samhita – no mentioned 

Pharmacological action

  • Hepatoprotective 
  • Hypotensive 
  • Antioxidant 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Medhya (Intellectual)
  • Grahi (Constipative)
  • Dipana (Carminative )
  • Pacana (Digestive)

Therapeutic indications

  • Arthritis (Vata vyadhi)- Oil prepared from Tila is used in alleviating all types of Arthritic conditions.
  • Wound (Vrana)- Paste of Tila is mixed with honey and is applied on the Wound to promote healing 


Powder (Churna) – 3 g

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


  • Tila kashaya
  • Lakshadi taila
  • Tiladi taila

Morphology :

An annual herb with erect stem. Leaves are oblong. Inflorescence is cymose. Fruits are capsule. Flowers are pinkish white.

Vernacular names of Tila 

English – Sesamum

Hindi- Til

Malayalam – Ellu

Sanskrit - Tila 


  • Puta
  • Snehapuraphala 



Rasa- Tikta (Bitter) Madhura (Sweet )

Guna-  Snighda (Unctuous)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid ) 

Virya- Ushna (hot )

तिले रसे कट्वस्तिक्तो मधुरस्तुवरो गुरुः

 विपाके कटुकः स्वादुः स्निग्धोष्णः कफपित्तनुत्

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Dhanya varga-shloka 63)

   Tila alleviate Vata dosha because of its properties like hot potency and Acrid taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb Tila to treat numerous diseases including Arthritis and Hairfall and also conducts researches on the herb to prepare new combinations of medicines to cure diseases effectively. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Tiladi taila?

According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Tila taila can be used to treat hairfall and Dandruff.

  1. What is the Botanical name of Tila?

         Sesamum indicum           


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